May 28, 2017 (read online)
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Peanut Allergies – a New Approach: In the past decade the incidence of food allergies have increased dramatically. During this time, allergists and pediatricians have been actively trying to prevent the onset of food allergies by delaying the introduction of highly allergic foods (peanuts, eggs, tree nuts) to infants.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have developed new guidelines that acknowledge there is no benefit to delaying introduction of allergenic foods. This is in response to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 which showed introducing peanuts into the diets of infants at high risk of developing food allergies at by 6 months of age reduced the incidence of food allergies at 1 year of age. These results were supported by studies that showed early introduction of allergenic foods to a random group of infants resulted in a reduction in the number of infants diagnosed with food allergies.

The new guidelines recommend that children with severe eczema have peanut containing foods introduced between 4 – 6  months of age, after undergoing allergy testing for peanuts. Children with mild or moderate eczema should have peanut containing foods introduced at or around 6 months of age, without having to undergo allergy testing.  Lastly children who do not have eczema can have peanut containing foods offered at any time in the first year.

For many parents and providers the recommendations represent a dramatic change in feeding practices.   For more information about feeding your infant, we have included an article from the American Academy of Pediatrics and we encourage you to read it.  We also encourage parents to discuss any questions with your child’s provider at their next well child check. Read more…

The Doctor is In

Lice! Really?: My child was sent home from school with lice! Now what? Here is a link to our website where you can get information about the Cetaphil treatment, a non-toxic way, to get rid of lice as well as other information on how to delouse your house.

What’s Up?

On June 6th Wareham Pediatrics will be installing a new electronic health record in our office called EPIC, replacing the current system we have been using since 2010.
Our staff have been busy attending classes and meetings to ensure that the process will be as smooth as possible, but we anticipate that there may be delays when you come to the office. We ask for your patience and cooperation while we begin using this new system and we will do everything we can to minimize the impact it has on our patients and their family. However we must verify that the correct information was incorporated into your child’s chart, so you may be asked to complete demographic and medical history forms to enable our staff to reconcile information.
This electronic health record was chosen by our colleagues in the Pediatrics Physicians Organization at Children’s through a year long process to implement the system that would best support the mission of improving health care delivery to our patients. Epic has been recognized as a leading electronic health record that has won awards for helping health care providers improve patient care and clinical outcomes.
We are also hoping that Epic will help us deliver more cost effective care in our continual effort to manage the total cost of care for our patients. Epic is used by many hospitals in Massachusetts, including Southcoast Hospitals, so we will have the ability to share information when our patients are seen in the emergency room, which will reduce unnecessary tests and medications. Through the award winning Epic Patient Portal we will be able to share information with our patients and their families more seamlessly. This will include being able to print school forms at home, answer questionnaires before your child’s visit, review lab and medication information, and request an appointment for your child.
It is our belief that these advantages are worth the inconvenience of changing computer systems. Thank you for your patience!

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Good Eats

Here’s another healthy recipe to satisfy every chocolate lovers sweet tooth.And, it includes a healthy secret ingredient that:
*offers nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving,
*includes potassium,
*includes lutein,
*includes folate,
*is a good source of B vitamins,
*gives you vitamins C and E,
*is low in sugar.

Look good? Read the recipe to find out!

Spotlight

Name: Ann Marie Sylvester
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Hobbies: reading, hiking and snowboarding
Pets: looking to adopt a dog ASAP
Favorites –
Food: bagels and chocolate
Subject in school: math
Superhero: Tom Brady
Musician:  Beyoncé
Vacation spot: Wellfleet

What’s Happening

Here are a couple of fun running activities taking place in June:

www.marionrecreation.com/marion-mile-2017.html

www.lazylobsterrace.com

www.marionrecreation.com/marion-village-5k-2017.html

Check out you local recreation department or YMCA and see what fun programs they offer to keep the whole family active this summer!

Here is a link to some local farmers markets. Most accept WIC and/or EBT. It’s a great way to get some healthy local produce!
www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets.php?zip=02571

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Wareham Pediatrics
53 Marion Road
Wareham, MA 02571
(508) 295-8622

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